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Donald Trump ‘set for June state visit to UK’

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The Queen walks alongsidDonald Trump as the US President inspects the guard of honour during a welcome ceremony at Windsor Castle on 13 July 2018Image copyright
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US President Donald Trump will make a state visit to the UK in early June, Buckingham Palace is expected to announce later.

The president was promised the visit by Prime Minister Theresa May after he was elected in 2016 – but no date was set.

Downing Street did not comment on the matter when contacted by the BBC.

President Trump and the First Lady, Melania, met the Queen at Windsor Castle when they came to the UK in July 2018 for a two-day working visit.

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First Lady Melania Trump, her husband and Theresa May on the steps of Blenheim Palace on July 12, 2018

During the trip, the president also held talks with met Mrs May at Chequers before heading to Scotland, where he owns the Turnberry golf course.

The president’s last visit was marked by demonstrations around the UK.

In London, thousands of people took to the streets to voice their concerns.

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A Trump “baby blimp” hovered above Parliament Square during the 2018 protest

And in Scotland, people showed their displeasure, both in Edinburgh and at Turnberry.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council estimated that the police operation for the president’s 2018 visit cost nearly £18m.

It said 10,000 officers from across the country were needed to cover the occasion.

The campaigners behind the 2018 protests – the Stop Trump coalition and Stand Up To Trump – have vowed to mobilise “huge numbers” once again in response to the visit.


What is a state visit?

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The Queen welcomed President Barack Obama to Buckingham Palace in 2011

A state visit is a formal visit by a head of state and is normally at the invitation of the Queen, who acts on advice from the government.

State visits are grand occasions, but they are not just ceremonial affairs. They have political purpose and are used by the government of the day to further what it sees as Britain’s national interests.

Once the location and dates are confirmed, the government, the visiting government and the royal household will agree on a detailed schedule.

So what is involved?

The Queen acts as the official host for the duration of the trip, and visitors usually stay at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.

There is usually a state banquet, and a visit to – and speeches at – the Houses of Parliament may be included. The Speaker of the House of Commons is one of three “key holders” to Westminster Hall, and as such, effectively holds a veto over who addresses Parliament.

The Queen usually receives one or two heads of state a year. She has hosted 109 state visits since becoming monarch in 1952.

The official website of the Queen and the Royal Family has a full list of all state visits since then, including details of how the ceremonies unfold.



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